Simon Pegg has revealed how many episodes of The boys season 4 he is in. Pegg plays Hugh Campbell Sr., father of Hughie Campbell, one of the titular boys. Hughie’s father appeared in four episodes in season 1. He was shown as a kind man who cares deeply for his son, although Hughie resents him. Hughie sees his father as weak, but eventually realizes that he is strong in a way he has never understood. After his numerous appearances in The boys season 1, Hugh did not appear in any season 2 episodes, and only appeared once in season 3 via a video call.
Pegg was previously confirmed to return for The boys season 4, and has now revealed to Collider how many episodes will feature his character. Pegg appears to be in half of the episodes in season 4. This indicates that not only will Pegg return to the show, but that his character will have more screen time than ever before. Read Pegg’s comments below:
“I’m in about four episodes and it was a pleasure to be back. It’s a great crew. They are a great bunch of people and that show is insane!
Why Simon Pegg will have a bigger role in Boys season 4
Hughie’s family life becomes more important than ever The boys season 4. In addition to Pegg returning as his father, Rosemarie DeWitt has been cast as Hughie’s mother. She was presumed dead before the Season 2 finale revealed that she left Hughie when he was 6 years old. To fully explore the impact of her leaving Hughie and now re-entering his life years later, the entire Campbell family needs to be present, including Hugh.
The boys have largely been about dysfunctional father-son relationships, including Billy Butcher and his abusive father Sam, Homelander and his son Ryan, and Homelander and Soldier Boy. Hughie is just as important as Butcher and Homelander, and the relationship with his father needs to be explored further. A key difference in their relationship is that Hugh is a good father and a good husband, but there are still years of strain between father and son, likely to be exacerbated by the unexpected return of Hughie’s mother.
As Homelander becomes more and more unhinged, there is also the nightmarish implication that he killed Hugh in The boys season 4. Hughie has been working with the Boys to hurt Homelander in various ways over the past three seasons. After killing an ordinary citizen in front of hundreds of people in broad daylight, there’s no reason to believe Homelander wouldn’t kill Hughie’s father to send a message that there are consequences for crossing him. It would feel especially tragic with how Hughie and his father have gradually reconciled, and with how Hugh once adored Supes.